Launched by Aspiring Canadian Writers Contests Inc. in April (National Poetry Month) 2012, this poetry contest invites the participation of Canadian poets who have not published any of their original creative writing (poems or prose).
With the goal of recognizing and developing unpublished Canadian poets, the prizes for the three winners (1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners) of the Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest will include:
the publication of their contest winning poetry on this contest website;
a listing of their names in the November issue of Quill & Quire, Canada's Magazine of Book News and Reviews; and
private online mentoring sessions with the contest judge (valued at $1,000 among the three winners).
An interview with the first-prize winner will be published on Allyson Latta's website, "Memoir Writing & More", www.allysonlatta.ca, recommended by The Writer magazine in the 125th-anniversary issue as one of "16 of Our Favorite Writing Blogs and Websites" (March 2012). Allyson is also our contest's Editorial/Media Adviser. To read her interview with our 2013 first-prize winner, click here. For Contest Judge Shannon Bramer's thoughts on poetry and her comments on the first-place poem, click here.
In its inaugural year, 2012, the Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest announced Vancouver's Poet Laureate, Evelyn Lau, as Honorary Patron and poet Catherine Graham as judge. Catherine is a much sought after creative writing instructor, who has published four books of poetry. See Contest Judgefor her biography as well as the biographies for our 2013 judge, poet Shannon Bramer, and our 2014 judge, poet Catherine Owen.
What are you waiting for? Click on How To Enterfor contest rules and guidelines.
Visit Prizes & Winners for our announcement of our 2012 and 2013 contest winners!
In 2014, the contest will accept entries during the same period, April 1 to June 1, with winners announced in October 2014.
Read more about our 2014 judge, Catherine Owen, by visiting the Contest Judge page!
In October 2013, we celebrated with a contest for unsigned Canadian singer-songwriters! We'll announce our finalists and winners in March/April 2014. For more details, visit www.songwritermentorexperience.org.